Australian teams named for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series

first_imgTouch Football Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams that will play New Zealand in the 2014 Trans Tasman Series from Friday, 25 April until Sunday, 27 April at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex in Mudgee, New South Wales. Nine players will debut for Australia in the Series, with several players also returning to the teams after a few years away. The Australian teams will be looking to win back the prestigious Trans Tasman trophy following their loss to New Zealand in the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, with the Women’s team the only side of the three to claim their division. Last time the teams played in Mudgee at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, Australia were 3-0 series winners. The 2014 Trans Tasman Series is the last time the Australian and New Zealand teams will meet before the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup in Coffs Harbour in April/May next year. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian teams for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Australian Men’s Open TeamWillie BishopStuart BriertySam BrisbyScott BuckleyDrumayne Dayberg-MuirTerry DeeganNick GoodTim GoodDylan HennesseyBen MoylanRob NakhlaPete NormanJonathan PalauMatt ProwseSteve RobertsMatt TopeAustralian Women’s Open TeamNicole BeckKristin BossElizabeth CampbellDanielle DavisSamantha HopkinJessica McCallSarah PeattieLeah PercyKirsty QuinceAshleigh QuinlanPeta RogersonCatherine SargentSarah SpacieClaire TandekMarikki WategoLouise WinchesterAustralian Mixed Open TeamScott BundySimon LangMichael LawJustin MitchellCameron NichollsSebastian ReyMichael SinghDean SpringfieldDylan ThompsonTrent ToumaKristy BrennanKylie HilderPatricia MichaelopoulosElin MortimerLaura PeattieSamantha RodgersRelated Files2014_australian_teams_announcement-pdfRelated LinksAussie teams announcedlast_img read more


Here’s An Updated 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket Ahead Of The Sweet 16

first_imgSweet Sixteen Bracket for the NCAA bracket.If the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament weren’t the most exciting in the event’s history, they’re certainly in the running. We saw a 15-seed knock off the national title favorite. We saw numerous buzzer-beaters – including one from half-court. We saw a 12-point comeback in just 44 seconds. And we witnessed historic dominance from one conference – the ACC.Now, we’re onto the Sweet 16 – where the insanity seems to have settled. In fact, Gonzaga – winner of the West Coast Conference – is the only school from a non-power league left. That being said, the Bulldogs are dangerous.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. All four No. 1 seeds remain – though many have tough matchups this week. One week from now, we’ll know which teams will be participating in the Final Four.Sweet Sixteen BracketHere’s the schedule for games on Thursday and Friday. Elite Eight contests will be played Saturday and Sunday.Thursday:(2) Villanova vs. (3) Miami: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(2) Oklahoma vs. (3) Texas A&M: 7:37 PM ET on TBS(1) Kansas vs. (5) Maryland: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) Oregon vs. (4) Duke: 10:07 PM ET on TBSFriday:(1) Virginia vs. (4) Iowa State: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(6) Notre Dame vs. (7) Wisconsin: 7:27 PM ET on TBS(10) Syracuse vs. (11) Gonzaga: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) North Carolina vs. (5) Indiana: 9:57 PM ET on TBSIt’s been a historic year. Are there more surprises in store?last_img read more


Apples stock sours Microsofts soars Say what

first_imgWall Street investors are enamoured with a newly emergent tech company.It has nothing to do with posting selfies or finding a soul mate. The company is instead making billions of dollars selling cloud-computing and other technical services to offices around the world.Say hello to Microsoft, the 1990s home-computing powerhouse that is having a renaissance moment – eclipsing Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other tech darlings of the late decade.And now it is close to surpassing Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.Yes, that Microsoft. As other tech giants stumble, its steady resilience is paying off.That Microsoft is even close to eclipsing Apple — and did so briefly a few times this week — would have been unheard of just a few years ago.But under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by moving away from its flagship Windows operating system and focusing on cloud-computing services with long-term business contracts.“Microsoft looks like they’ve finally turned the corner and have become a viable cloud player,” said Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager for Synovus Trust. “They’ve made a very strong transition away from the desktop.”A brief period of trading Monday was the first time in more than eight years that Microsoft was worth more than Apple. Microsoft surpassed Apple again briefly Tuesday, before Apple closed on top with a market value of $827 billion, just 0.5 per cent ahead of Microsoft’s $822 billion.Apple has been the world’s most prosperous firm since claiming the top spot from Exxon Mobil earlier this decade. Microsoft hasn’t been at the top since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.Microsoft became a contender again in large part because Apple’s stock has fallen 25 per cent since early October, while Microsoft hasn’t done any worse than the rest of the stock market. But the fact that it hasn’t done poorly is a reflection of its steady focus on business customers in recent years.Just a few years ago, Microsoft’s prospects looked bleak. The company was dependent on licensing fees from the Windows operating system used in personal computers, but people were spending money instead on the latest smartphones. In 2013, PC sales plunged 10 per cent to about 315 million, the worst year-to-year drop ever, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. It didn’t help that Microsoft’s effort to make PCs more like phones, Windows 8, was widely panned.But a turnaround began when the Redmond, Washington, company promoted Nadella as CEO in 2014. He succeeded Microsoft’s longtime CEO, Steve Ballmer, who initially scoffed at the notion that people would be willing to pay $500 or more for Apple’s iPhones.That bet paid off. Windows is now a dwindling fraction of Microsoft’s business. While the company still runs consumer-focused businesses such as Bing search and Xbox gaming, it has prioritized business-oriented services such as its Office line of email and other workplace software, as well as newer additions such as LinkedIn and Skype. But its biggest growth has happened in the cloud, particularly the cloud platform it calls Azure. Cloud computing now accounts for more than a quarter of Microsoft’s revenue, and Microsoft rivals Amazon as a leading provider of such services.Being less reliant on consumer demand helped shield Microsoft from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech companies.President Donald Trump amplified those tariff concerns when he told The Wall Street Journal in a story published late Monday that new tariffs could affect iPhones and laptops imported from China.The iPhone maker had already seen its stock fall after reporting a mixed bag of quarterly results earlier this month amid fears about how the technology industry will fare in the face of such threats as rising interest rates, increased government regulation and Trump’s escalating trade war with China.Apple also spooked investors with an unexpected decision to stop disclosing how many iPhones it sells each quarter. That move has been widely interpreted as a sign that Apple foresees further declines in iPhone sales and is trying to mask that.While smartphones caused the downturn in personal computers years ago, sales of smartphones themselves have now stalled. That’s partly because with fewer innovations from previous models, more people choose to hold on to the devices for longer periods before upgrading.Morgan said Microsoft is outperforming its tech rivals in part because of what it’s not. It doesn’t face as much regulatory scrutiny as advertising-hungry Google and Facebook, which have attracted controversy over their data-harvesting practices. Unlike Netflix, it’s not on a hunt for a diminishing number of international subscribers. And while Amazon also has a strong cloud business, it’s still more dependent on online retail.___AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke contributed to this report.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Presslast_img read more


Rotary Spray Park opens this Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The new Rotary Spray Park’s grand opening is this Friday behind the North Peace Arena.Featured at the event will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kids vs Council Water Fight, and live music.The full schedule for the event is shown below: Ribbon Cutting: 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Kids vs Council Water Fight: 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Party Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap up: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Children will be given the opportunity to take pictures with the newly designed Frozen John cut out, make balloon animals, win prizes, and compete in a dance-off.For more information on the grand opening call 250-785-4592.Showers are currently forecast for the day of the event. The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that they’re hoping the forecast will change to feature sunnier skies at the opening.Grand Opening Flyer. Photo by the City of Fort St. John.last_img read more


Akhilesh files nomination from Azamgarh

first_imgAzamgarh (UP): Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday filed his nomination papers for the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat. The SP chief, accompanied by BSP national general secretary Satish Chandra Misra, arrived here this morning to a rousing reception by party workers who had gathered in large numbers. He later drove to the Collectorate to file his nomination papers as party supporters raised slogans outside. Coming out after filing his papers, Yadav said people will vote for the development works undertaken by his government here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The SP chief said Azamgarh is the ‘karambhoomi’ of ‘samajwadis’ and exuded confidence that the people will continue to repose their faith in him by giving him blessings and support. Akhilesh Yadav is seeking election from the seat won by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav in the 2014 elections and is pitted against Bhojpuri superstar Nirahua or Dinesh Lal Yadav of BJP. Mulayam Singh had won from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 elections along with the Mainpuri seat, which he had represented thrice earlier in 1996, 2004 and 2009 but had retained Azamgarh. Polling in Azamgarh is slated for the sixth phase on May 12.last_img read more


IAF chopper on PM Modi duty makes emergency landing

first_imgPratapgarh (UP): An IAF helicopter on a mission to review the security at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally venue on Wednesday developed a technical fault and made an emergency landing on the outskirts of the district here, police said. All persons onboard the chopper were safe. “The helicopter used for reviewing the secret security of the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi developed a technical fault and made an emergency landing at around 1.00 pm in Barapur village under Jethwara police station, 30 km from here after certain technical glitches were noticed,” Superintendent of Police S Anand said. Police rushed to the spot where the chopper had landed as soon as they got the news, he added. The prime minister, who addressed two election rallies in Ayodhya and Kaushambi on Wednesday, is likely to woo voters of Pratapgarh on Friday.last_img read more


Kareem AbdulJabbar Blasts Stereotype All Athletes are Cheaters Amid

(Wikimedia Commons)Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has heard about the Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson cheating on Khloé Kardashian. He’s also heard people say that Kardashian should have seen it coming due to his athlete status and he wants folks to know that’s the wrong way to think.The retired NBA star explains the issue with boxing athletes as cheaters in a Monday, April 16 essay for Cosmopolitan, saying it’s still bad even if it doesn’t compare to making a sexist joke or buying into racist stereotypes.“This is a pervasive opinion people have of pro athletes — and not even the worst one,” he wrote of unfaithful pro-players. “But that doesn’t make it true or acceptable. Imagine how different the response would be if the comment were, ‘He’s Black.’ But athletes are expected to accept the insulting stereotypes, shut up, and dribble.“This offensive characterization is in no way on par with the much worse stereotyping of women, people of color, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community,” he continued. “But when we allow any prejudice to pass unchallenged, we endorse all prejudice. That smarmy joke about dumb blondes that a colleague tells at lunch demeans all women. That ‘observation’ about smart Asian students or gay flair or rapist immigrants endorses an environment of lazy thinking that carries over into other decision-making that is ultimately detrimental to society. When we hear casual stereotyping and say nothing, we collude in the detriment.”After acknowledging the role confirmation bias plays into pushing forward the notion that athletes are all cheaters, Abdul-Jabbar also admitted that sports stars from all kinds of games have had their share of indiscretions.“What makes the Khloé Kardashian situation more poignant — and more ripe for tabloid fodder — is that this is not the first time she’s been publicly cheated on, not even the first pro athlete to cheat on her,” he said, possibly referring to Rashad McCants, who claimed the cheating story was made up for TV.“Certainly, wealth, power, and fame give athletes, politicians, musicians, actors, and filmmakers more opportunities to be unfaithful to their spouses,” Abdul-Jabbar continued. “But availability is no excuse for availing. Nor is it okay to use the bad behavior of some to characterize all. I’m not here to defend or condemn Tristan Thompson’s actions. If people feel the need to judge him, let them do so based on his behavior, not his profession or gender.”Meanwhile, folks on Twitter have been giving their take on the 71-year-old baller’s essay.“Right, so it’s our fault this stereotype persists, we make them cheat by our micro-aggressions,” someone said. “Got it. It’s a form of stereotyping, therefore a form of #racsim and so on, blah, blah, blah.”“Well they need to stop cheating so they aren’t stereotyped… if the shoe fits, buy a matching shirt,” someone else said.“Lol, but why isn’t this stereotype pushed on actors, musicians and politicians too?” someone else wondered. “They cheat just as often? Why not criticize the home wreckers, groupie, and gossip sites that take advantage of often false rumors to defame celebrities?” read more


Ohio State basketball ranked No 3 in preseason poll

Although the Ohio State football team has found itself on the outside looking in for the past five weeks, one Buckeye team is finding itself ranked again, as the OSU men’s basketball team will open its season as the No. 3-ranked team in the nation, according to at least one poll. The first ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll of the 2011-12 season was released Thursday and ranked the Buckeyes behind No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Kentucky. Defending national champion Connecticut and Syracuse rounded out the top five. Expectations have run high for OSU since its top two leading scorers from a year ago, sophomore forward Jared Sullinger and senior guard William Buford, opted to bypass the NBA draft following the Buckeyes’ Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky. OSU sophomore guard Aaron Craft, last season’s leader in assists and steals, also returns to a Buckeye team that compiled a 34-3 record the 2010-11 season. Sullinger, Buford and Craft were each preseason selections to the watch list for the John Wooden Award, which goes out to “the outstanding collegiate basketball Player of the Year,” according to the award’s website. Candidates must also have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher throughout their entire college career, the website says. No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 18 Michigan were the only other Big Ten programs that will open the season ranked in the coaches’ poll. Before they meet the Badgers and Wolverines in conference play, the Buckeyes will will start the year against a trio of games against ranked teams. OSU will battle No. 10 Florida, No. 6 Duke, and No. 13 Kansas on Nov. 15, Nov 29 and Dec. 10, respectively. OSU opens its season up Nov. 11 with a home game against Wright State. read more


Ohio State womens soccer goes winless on weekend roadtrip

OSU then-sophomore midfielder Michela Paradiso (9) approaches a defender during a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, 2013 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 2-0Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s soccer team ended its weekend road trip with a double overtime draw against Minnesota and a loss to No. 13 Wisconsin.The Buckeyes traveled to Minneapolis on Sunday to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers for their second game in three days.Minnesota got on the scoreboard early in the 11th minute when senior forward Olivia Schultz scored off an assist from junior defender Haley Helverson.The Buckeyes tied the game up in the 33rd minute after sophomore midfielder Alexis Degler drilled a shot off of a Minnesota defender inside the right post after a corner kick by freshman midfielder Nikki Walts. Junior midfielder Michela Paradiso came close to giving OSU the lead late in the first half but her shot from 10 yards sailed over the crossbar.The game remained tied heading into the half with OSU holding an 8-5 lead in shots, 2-1 on goal.Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber gave the Buckeyes a chance after gathering a loose ball but her shot from 12 yards was deflected by Minnesota sophomore goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs. Degler tried to give the team the lead in the 74th minute but missed a shot from 10 yards in the box.In the final minutes of regulation, Minnesota sophomore defender Ashley Pafko had a wide open shot from eight yards away but redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick made a leaping save to send the game into overtime.The Buckeyes posted a 14-13 lead in shots during regulation while the Golden Gophers held a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.The Buckeyes got a few chances early in overtime but were unable to find the back of the net in the first 10 minutes. The game went to a second overtime with neither team finding a way to score.OSU tallied a season-high 23 shots to Minnesota’s 17 with a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal to give the Buckeyes their first tie of the season.On Friday, the Buckeyes traveled to face No. 13 Wisconsin.The first half featured a lot of back-and-forth action between the teams. The game remained scoreless until the 44th minute when Wisconsin sophomore midfielder Rose Lavelle lofted a free kick past Geldernick to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.Through the first half, the Badgers held an 8-3 lead in shots and a 3-1 lead in shots on goal.In the second half, the Badgers capped the scoring during the 65th minute when senior forward Cara Walls nailed a strike just under the crossbar.OSU didn’t respond for the rest of the game, taking the shutout loss.The Buckeyes fell to 5-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the Big Ten. The team’s next matchup is set for 7 p.m. Saturday against Maryland at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more


Neymar Brazil World Cup favourites – Roberto Carlos

first_imgRoberto Carlos has backed both Brazil and Neymar to star in the upcoming World Cup and believes that they are the favourites to win the tournamentBrazil head into the World Cup hoping to erase the painful memory of their 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.Carlos, who won the World Cup with Brazil back in 2002, is confident that they have the talent at their disposal to be a serious threat in Russia.“Brazil are favourites,” the former Real Madrid defender told Omnisport (via SportsKeeda).“I’m Brazilian, of course I’ll want Brazil to win the World Cup.“I see Brazil playing and I can’t find any other team which is playing like them.“The Brazilian squad is a group, it’s not only Neymar. That’s such a strong group.“And beyond that, they have an extraordinary coach. Brazil is the favourite.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“When you lose a game as we lost in 2014, or having been eliminated in the semis, what I see is that, with this new coach and this squad, it’s time Brazil starts winning again.”Carlos has tipped Brazil to surprise rivals at the World Cup and believes that sides like Spain could be caught out by everybody knowing their style.“One squad with five world titles must win the sixth,” continued the 44 year-old.“Spain has one, but they have a great squad. The thing is that everybody knows how Spain is playing.“Brazil has a new model of playing football. This can be a surprise to the opponents.”Carlos also had some positive word for the injured Neymar and believes that the Paris Saint-Germain forward is on the road to greatness.“Neymar is going the right way,” said Carlos.“It’s a pity about this injury but Neymar is doing everything right to be the best in the world.”last_img read more


Klopp pleased with his 5 or 6 midfield options at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp discussed his midfield options ahead of their Premier League showdown with Manchester United on Sunday.The Reds were the last team to inflict a league defeat on United in what was Jose Mourinho’s final game in charge in December at Anfield in a 3-1 win.Now Liverpool will be looking for a similar result in order to return to the top of the Premier League table in what will be the first of three fixtures in the space of seven days.Therefore, rotations will be expected in the Liverpool team over the course of next week with Klopp able to count on plenty of options in his midfield.“I expect that the players just understand it. It’s a typical thing,” said Klopp on the club website.“I will not explain to everyone why they don’t start because they will all start games.“We don’t have to talk about Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] at the moment because he needs a bit of time. He looks so good in training but we need to make him resistant for all the things that are coming up.“For all the others I expect them to understand it. You cannot always have three players in midfield and they play and I have to wrap them in cotton wool – ‘Oh come on please, don’t do this step and this step’ or ‘Oh you feel something, come off training.’“Now we have five or six players for midfield and that’s exactly how it should be.“Of course they cannot start all the time. If somebody makes a story of that, I’m not interested.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If somebody is not happy with that, I’m OK but you have to be ready for the next game and the next game is coming on Wednesday. That’s just how it should be.“All credit to the boys because they always deal with it. I’m not in doubt that they will deal with that situation as well. Make yourself ready because we need to have these different options.”As for Sunday’s match, Virgil van Dijk will make a welcome return to the Reds line-up at Old Trafford after being suspended from Tuesday’s 0-0 Champions League draw against Bayern Munich.Dejan Lovren remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, but Xherdan Shaqiri could feature after making some progress in his recovery from a minor abdominal strain.The match between United and Liverpool will begin at 3:05 PM (CET) on Sunday.I M P A C T 🙌A sublime double from @XS_11official when we hosted @ManUtd earlier this season. 😍 pic.twitter.com/gZzyBwwMeI— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 22, 2019last_img read more


Second generation Bahamian 13 Phillip Dorsett playing in NFL Superbowl for New

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, February 4, 2018 – Minneapolis – Miami born and raised, 25 year old Dorsett who joined the Patriots in September is the son of Nassau man, Howard Dorsett and grandson to Exuma man, Thomas Dorsett (said to be from Williams Town, Ex).With the final score of 41-33, the Bahamian descent, wide receiver will have to settle for a loss tonight as the Philadelphia Eagles take Superbowl LII.#MagneticMediaNews#PhillipDorsett#SuperBowlLIIPhoto credit: MM fan Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PhillipDorsett, #SuperBowlLIIlast_img read more


Airbnb buying Indianfounded background check startup

first_imgAirbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky launches a new Airbnb service in New Delhi on March 19 this year.IANSShort-term lodging rental company Airbnb is buying Trooly, a background check startup co-founded by Savi Baveja, Anish Das Sarma and Nilesh Dalvi, in an effort to protect its hosts and guests from trouble makers using its service.Trooly analyses user data from social media, public records, and various other sources to verify the identity of users and prevent the registration of scammers or other bad actors.The Los Altos, California-based company has been helping Airbnb authenticate user identities since 2015. By analysing data from public records, social media and other sources, Trooly’s technology could help Airbnb track various customer violations, such as side deals between guests and hosts, according to a Bloomberg report.According to the report, Airbnb is expected to purchase Trooly’s intellectual property and engineering team on Monday.”We look forward to welcoming the Trooly team to Airbnb in the coming weeks,” Airbnb spokesman Tim Rathschmidt told Bloomberg, without providing a specific purchase price or other details of the arrangement between the two companies.Since its inception in 2008, Airbnb has found the task of whetting fraudulent listings a truly difficult one, as many people have been posing as property owners. Trooly’s data analysis has helped the verification process immensely and the purchase of the company will help Airbnb consolidate host and guest data to make oversight more efficient.In recent years, some Airbnb guests have been reportedly circumventing the service’s system to conduct side deals on social media or offer to pay hosts directly after locating them on the service. The purchase of Trooly should help Airbnb verify the identities of users on its platform more stringently.Airbnb takes as much as a 12 percent fee from its guests. Hosts are charged a 3 percent fee on listings that are booked. In most cases, the company is also required to charge guests a local tax, usually 3 per cent, though the tax rates vary by city, state and country.Founded in 2008, Airbnb raised $1.5 billion in December 2015. In 2016, it reportedly raised $10 million, according to venture capital tracking portal Crunchbase. It raised an additional $1 billion from unnamed investors in a funding round in March this year, expanding its warchest at a time of increased investor interest in fast-growing businesses.Airbnb raised $1 billion as part of the financing round which started in 2016, which had valued the business at $30 billion. Airbnb’s current valuation is understood to be approximately $25.5 billion.Over the years, Airbnb has raised more than $3 billion, and secured $1 billion as line of credit, according to research firm CB Insights. Airbnb, based in San Francisco, is the No.2 most valuable private company in the United States behind Uber, the ride-hailing business, according to CB Insights.last_img read more


Infighting leads to attack on Sajeda motorcade

first_imgSyeda Sajeda ChowdhuryThe motorcade of the Deputy Leader of the House, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury MP, came under attacks in Faridpur on Friday allegedly by a group of AL activists belonging to her party rival.Sajeda Chowdhury is also a presidium member of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party.Witnesses said the incident took place at Talmar crossing in Nagarkanda of Faridpur around 2:30pm when Nagarkanda police station officer-in-charge AFM Nasim sustained injuries.Police opened fires to bring the situation under control.Local AL leaders said Sajeda Chowdhury was coming to Saltha on a two-day tour and local party leaders and activists lined the both sides of the Dhaka-Khulna highway at Talmar crossing in Nagarkanda.At one stage, a group of AL activists belonging to Sajeda group tore posters and damaged gates of Nagarkanda AL joint general secretary Jamal Hossain Mia – a nomination seeker for the local constituency.A tense situation brewed up in the area when the news spread and a group of supporters of Jamal Hossain took position at a petrol pump near the Talmar crossing.Police and witnesses said Jamal’s supporters started pelting stones and brickbats at Sajeda’s motorcade as soon as it reached the spot.Windowpanes of the microbus of assistant superintendent of police Mohiuddin were damaged in the attack. Besides, brickbats were also pelted at the cars of Sajeda Chowdhury and her son Ayman Akbar Chowdhury.Saltha upazila parishad chairman Waheduzzaman, known as a supporter of Sajeda group, alleged that Jamal Hossain’s supporters launched the attack on Sajeda Chowdhury.He said Sajeda, however, was not injured in the attack and now staying in her home in Rasulpur of Saltha.When contacted, Jamal Hossain Mia said there were portraits of Bangabandhu and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the damaged posters and gates and which enraged people and then they built resistance.Nagarkanda OC is undergoing treatment at the upazila health complex.last_img read more


Almost 80pc Rohingyas want to go back

first_imgRohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters file photoMore than 90 per cent Rohingyas, who have taken shelter in Bangladesh, personally witnessed or directly experienced violence in Myanmar on or after 25 August, says a survey.The crackdown by Myanmar authorities since then led to a rapid mass migration of more than 647,000 Rohingya to enter Bangladesh, confirmed the “Rohingya Survey-2017” that documented the atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.However, 78 per cent of the Rohingya refugees surveyed said they would willingly return if the situation improves. About 16 per cent had no desire to return and only 6 per cent would return home unconditionally, the survey added.Xchange, an international organisation engaged in generating data to advocate better knowledge of human migration, conducted the survey based on interview with 1,360 ethnic Rohingyas between 15 September and 15 October in seven different refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.The survey said the large number of respondents willing to return to Myanmar could, in part, be explained by the fact that there are very few opportunities for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.The survey pointed out that generations of Rohingya refugees staying in the camps following previous expulsions from Myanmar continue to live in poverty.Almost 100 per cent (96% to be accurate) respondents stated that the Myanmar military were the perpetrators of these abuses. Fifty one per cent reported that local ethnic Rakhine ‘extremists’ were involved.However, the involvement of ethnic Rakhine civilians was usually in a supportive role to the military, said the survey. “These civilians attacked Rohingyas, burned buildings, and committed other violent crimes that had the effect of driving Rohingyas away from their homes,” the survey added.last_img read more


Austin City Council Bans The Sale Of Used Police Guns

first_imgGabriel C. Pérez/Texas StandardThe City of Austin will stop selling used police guns to the public through gun dealers.The decision comes in the wake of an investigation by Texas Standard and the Center for Investigative Reporting finding that 21 of the 50 largest law enforcement agencies in Texas sold over 10,000 weapons in the last decade. That includes firearms sold by the Austin Police Department, which offloaded over 1,100 handguns to Bailey’s House of Guns, a Houston-area gun store. Money from those sales went towards the department’s acquisition of new duty weapons.The sales raised a host of concerns by city officials, chief among them the probability that former Austin police weapons may slip into the hands of criminals. In a Austin City Council work session held on Tuesday, council member Alison Alter described her issues with the process. “The concern that drove this resolution was one that we did not want our police department to be contributing guns out into the community … guns that could then be turned to and be used on our police and on our community.”While former Austin police guns are released to licensed gun dealers who are required by federal law to run background checks on prospective buyers, the city resolution states the current background check system may not be wholly adequate. The council resolution cites holes in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which came to light after Sutherland Springs shooter Devin Kelley was able purchase weapons despite a criminal record that should have blocked him from doing so. The resolution also refers to the inability to adequately track if former police guns are being used in crimes due to the Tiahrt Amendment, a congressional law blocking federal gun trace data.The city started moving on a resolution to stop sales after state Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, lambasted city officials in front of thousands of demonstrators during a March For Our Lives event at the Texas State Capitol back in March, saying “it boggles the mind that here in our own city we allowed our APD to sell its used guns back into the private market.” Demanding the city stop the practice, she ended her speech saying, “Now that we know, never again!”Before a 2003 congressional law blocked public access to federal gun trace information, it was widely reported that sold police guns were being used in crimes. A 1999 investigation by the Denver Post found that former police weapons showed up in crimes across the nation on an average of three times a day. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says that sold police guns continue to show up in traces of crime guns, but are unable to talk specifics due to the secretive nature of trace data. The Center for Investigative Reporting is currently suing the Department of Justice and the ATF for the release of more detailed information regarding how often police guns show are involved in crimes. The lawsuit is currently pending in federal court. Sharelast_img read more